- Red Room Library
- Unlocked Image Library
- John Morony 2010
- Dillwynia Correction Centre 2010
- Dawn de Loas Correctional Centre, Silverwater 2011
- Mannus Correctional Centre 2011
- Dillwynia Correction Centre 2012
- Balund-a 2012
- Short documentary about Balund-a Unlocked Project 2012
- South Coast Correctional Centre 2012
- The Compulsory Drug Treatment Correctional Centre 2013
- John Morony 2013
- Unlocked at Sydney Writers Festival 2013
- The Red Room Company at Oolong House 2014
- South Coast Correctional Centre 2014
- Mid North Coast Correctional Centre 2014
- Dillwynia Correction Centre 2014
- The Compulsory Drug Treatment Correctional Centre 2015
- John Morony 2015
- Silverwater Women's 2016
- Balund-a 2016 (NAIDOC Week)
- South Coast Correctional Centre 2016
- Balund-a 2017
CDTCC Poets, MNCCC Poets, SCCC Poets, Silverwater Poets, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Dawn De Loas Poets, Lionel Fogarty, Philip Hammial, Gareth Jenkins, Gayle Kennedy, Dillwynia Poets, John Morony Poets, SOLO, MC Trey, Lindsay Tuggle, Rob Wilson
The Red Room Company relies on the generous support of individuals, corporations, government funding bodies and philanthropic foundations.
Visit our online store to purchase publications and materials from this project. The Red Room Company is a not-for-profit organisation. All funds raised support the ongoing work of The Red Room Company.
“Uncle Lewis was amazing - some of the fellas we wrote poems. A lot of em never even written anything before, some of the boys can’t spell and get shame and that, but that’s ok. We just write down what our feelings are, what we feel at the time and then to hear it being translated it’s magic ah it’s unreal. Gives me goosebumps just, just to hear hearing him talk the lingo. It’s incredible I love it.”
~ Darren S - Balund-a resident, 2016
The Red Room Approach
Unlocked finds poets and hip-hop artists in prisons running intensive creative, self-expression literacy programs that help inmates write their stories, share their stories and reconnect with their own communities.
“The Unlocked program was excellent, and speaking on behalf of the resident participants, it was inspiring for them learning how to put their feelings into words and song. Everything was from the heart - the words put into the poems came directly from the heart and it will be remembered for the rest of their lives.” ~ Chris Walker - Bundjalung Elder - Balund-a mentor, 2016
Poetry has the power to transform lives and create lasting positive social impact. Through artistic programs like Unlocked, we bring poetry, music, art and translation together to improve literacy and expression for the students with the aim to reduce recidivism.
Over 180 inmates with published works in anthologies
Click here to find out what to expect from an Unlocked program.
"This creative education program works to enhance literacy and expression in its many forms. Through conversations with staff, facilitators and the participating residents in the weeks following, it has been noted that as a result of the Unlocked Poetry Project the residents engage with increased self-confidence, increased self-worth, improved communication skills and a revived passion towards the Arts as an outlet for dealing with emotion. We look forward to future visits … adding to the holistic approach to breaking the cycle of offending.” ~ Rachel Soliman Operations Manager, Balund-a & Richard Heycock General Manager, Balund-a
Support Unlocked at Balund-a 2017
With your support, Unlocked will be run during NAIDOC week 2017 and will bring poets, visual artists and musicians to support the inmates and communities at Balund-a, NSW.
Donations of $2 or more to The Red Room Company in Australia are tax deductible for Australian tax-payers.
After each Unlocked workshop, student poems are collected into an anthology for sale from the Red Room Store for only $10. All proceeds go towards future Unlocked programs.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, and the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education through VET National Programs Funding. Unlocked is also supported by 2SER' Jailbreak radio show.
For more information
Contact Executive Director, Dr Tamryn Bennett 02 9319 5090.